GeForce GTX 1050: Price, performance, features compared

Nvidia's GTX 1050 provides an affordable entry point into the world of PC gaming.

GeForce GTX 1050 at a glance

How powerful is the GTX 1050? The GTX 1050 delivers solid performance at Medium to High settings in most modern 1080p games.
When did the GTX 1050 come out? Nvidia launched the GTX 1050 on 25 October 2016.
How much does the GTX 1050 cost? You'll find the GTX 1050 typically retailing for around $190.

What is the GTX 1050?

The GTX 1050 marks the budget-friendly entry point for Nvidia's line of GTX 10 graphics cards. While it can't handle the highest-fidelity modern games at 1080p with the same fluidity that the GTX 1060 or GTX 1070 can, it will run most current titles so long as you're willing to play at 30fps or drop the graphics settings to the Medium/High presets.

This makes the GTX 1050 an ideal card for those looking for a comparable experience to the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, as well as for those upgrading from an aging GPU in the GeForce 700 series or earlier. It's also a compelling choice for anyone entering the PC gaming scene for the first time thanks to its affordable price tag and low power requirements.

Underneath the hood, the GTX 1050 makes use of Nvidia's Pascal GPU architecture which offers, among other benefits, enhanced virtual reality performance. The catch here is that both the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift VR headsets recommend using a GTX 1060 or better to ensure stable performance in virtual reality. That doesn't mean VR is impossible on a GTX 1050, but if you want to avoid performance issues and potential incompatibility, you'd be better off springing for a card with a little more grunt.

At launch, the GTX 1050 came in just a single configuration featuring 2GB of GDDR5 RAM and a 128-bit memory bus. In its stock form, this configuration sports a base GPU clock speed of 1354MHz and a boost clock speed of 1455MHz.

Nvidia expanded the GTX 1050 line with a second configuration in May 2018. Packing 3GB of GDDR5 RAM and a smaller 96-bit memory bus, this configuration boasts faster base and boost clock speeds of 1392MHz and 1518MHz respectively.

Both configurations enjoy memory speeds of 7Gbps.

The physical properties of the GTX 1050 can vary significantly depending on the brand, the card design and any additional features the manufacturer has included. Most GTX 1050 cards are dual-slot affairs and require the neighbouring slot on the motherboard to be empty to accommodate the card's bulk, but there are slimmer variants available for PCs where real estate is at a premium.

Beyond the physical space requirements, the GTX 1050 also needs a free PCIe 3.0 slot to connect to as well as a 300W power supply to draw juice from. Unlike its more power-hungry siblings, it doesn't require an external power connector and instead gets by on power from the motherboard alone.

What features does the GTX 1050 support?

Nvidia's Pascal GPU architecture brings a host of features to the GTX 1050, both in terms of hardware and software. The most prominent of these are:

  • Nvidia Ansel
  • SLI
  • G-Sync
  • DirectX 12
  • HDCP 2.2
  • OpenGL 4.5
  • Display Port 1.4
  • HMDI 2.0b
  • DL-DVI
  • Simultaneous multi-projection
  • Driver-level triple buffering

How powerful is the GTX 1050?

As the most budget-friendly member of Nvidia's GTX 10 family, the GTX 1050 isn't exactly a performance powerhouse. It won't max out the graphical settings on the latest games, nor will it handle 4K resolutions in anything but the least-taxing 2D and 3D games.

All that said, the GTX 1050 is still capable of delivering a solid gaming experience at 1080p or lower resolutions. For most modern games, it can hit around 60fps on Medium to High graphical settings. Crank those settings to Very High or Ultra and it'll still manage a stable 30fps across a considerable portion of big-budget, graphically intensive titles. Of course, there's never any guarantee that a particular game will perform as you might expect, and there will always be titles that run poorly no matter how powerful your graphics card is.

While virtual reality is technically possible on a GTX 1050, dialling in a smooth experience will likely require lowering a lot of graphics settings and avoiding large-scale titles like Fallout 4 VR and Dirt Rally. If VR is your primary focus, you'd probably be better served with a GTX 1060 or better.

GTX 1050 availability and price

The GTX 1050 first hit the scene on 25 October 2016. In its standard 2GB configuration, you'll find it selling for upwards of $190 depending on the specific brand as well as any extra features that brand has incorporated into its design.

To ensure you get the best deal on a GTX 1050, check out our roundup of the latest bargains on the GTX 1050 from Aussie retailers:

This table was last updated on 18 Aug 2019.
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CPL Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1050 2GB OC Graphics Card GV-N1050OC-2GD $165 AUD Go to site
Scorptec $169 AUD Go to site
PC Byte Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1050 OC Low Profile 2GB Gaming Graphics Video Card GV-N1050OC-2GL $175 AUD Go to site
Scorptec $179 AUD Go to site
Scorptec $179 AUD Go to site
Scorptec $179 AUD Go to site
CPL Gigabyte GV-N1050OC-2GL GeForce GTX 1050 OC 2GB Low Profile $179 AUD Go to site
PC Case Gear Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1050 OC Low Profile 2GB $189 AUD Go to site
Amazon Australia ASUS Geforce GTX 1050 2GB Phoenix Fan Edition DVI-D HDMI DP 1.4 Gaming Graphics Card (PH-GTX1050-2G) Graphic Cards $190.96 AUD Go to site
Amazon Australia GIGABYTE GF GTX 1050 OC PCIe x16, 2GB GDDR5, DVI, HDMI, DP, 3YR WTY $195 AUD Go to site
Amazon Australia GIGABYTE GF GTX 1050 Low Profile PCIe x16, 2GB GDDR5, DVI, 2xHDMI, DP, 3YR WTY $197.12 AUD Go to site
CPL Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1050 2GB WindForce OC Graphics Card GV-N1050WF2OC-2GD $199 AUD Go to site
Amazon Australia Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1050 2GB GV-N1050OC-2GD OC Graphic Cards $199.58 AUD Go to site
Amazon Australia Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1050 OC Low Profile 2G GeForce GTX 1050 2GB GDDR5 - Graphics Cards (NVIDIA, GeForce GTX 1050, 7680 x 4320 Pixels, 1366 MHz, 1468 MHz, 7680 x 4320 Pixels) $215 AUD Go to site
Amazon Australia MSI Computer Video Graphic Cards GTX 1050 2GT OC $232.04 AUD Go to site
Amazon Australia Galax GeForce GTX 1050 OC LP, 2GB, 128-bit DDR5 - DP 1.4, HDMI 2.0b, Dual Link-DVI-D, 4096x2160 $232.29 AUD Go to site
CPL Asus CERBERUS-GTX1050-O2G Graphics Card $239 AUD Go to site
Amazon Australia Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1050 2GB GV-N1050WF2OC-2GD Windforce Graphic Cards $377.23 AUD Go to site
Amazon Australia EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 SC Gaming, 2GB GDDR5, DX12 OSD Support (PXOC) Graphics Card 02G-P4-6152-KR $398 AUD Go to site
Amazon Australia MSI Computer Video Graphic Cards GTX 1050 Gaming X 2G $688 AUD Go to site

Top 10 deals

RetailerModelPriceCurrency
CPL Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1050 2GB OC Graphics Card GV-N1050OC-2GD $165 AUD
Scorptec $169 AUD
PC Byte Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1050 OC Low Profile 2GB Gaming Graphics Video Card GV-N1050OC-2GL $175 AUD
Scorptec $179 AUD
Scorptec $179 AUD
Scorptec $179 AUD
CPL Gigabyte GV-N1050OC-2GL GeForce GTX 1050 OC 2GB Low Profile $179 AUD
PC Case Gear Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1050 OC Low Profile 2GB $189 AUD
Amazon Australia ASUS Geforce GTX 1050 2GB Phoenix Fan Edition DVI-D HDMI DP 1.4 Gaming Graphics Card (PH-GTX1050-2G) Graphic Cards $190.96 AUD
Amazon Australia GIGABYTE GF GTX 1050 OC PCIe x16, 2GB GDDR5, DVI, HDMI, DP, 3YR WTY $195 AUD

GTX 1050 specs

Base clock speed (2GB/3GB)
1354MHz/1392MHz
Boost clock speed (2GB/3GB)
1455MHz/1518MHz
Memory
2GB/3GB GDDR5
Memory speed
7Gbps
Memory bus (2GB/3GB)
128-bit/96-bit
Card length
144.78mm
Card width
Dual slot
Card height
111.3mm
Power draw
75W
Recommended system power
300W
Power connectors
No external power required
No. HDMI ports
1
No. display ports
1
No. DVI ports
1
DirectX support
12

Compare GeForce GTX 1050 graphics cards

Updated August 18th, 2019
Name Product Brand Model Name Memory More info
EVGA
GTX 1050
2GB
ZOTAC
GTX 1050
2GB
MSI
GTX 1050
2GB
Gigabyte
GTX 1050
2GB
GALAX
GTX 1050
2GB

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